104.5: Meeting Mommy and Making Short Films: an interview with Tricia Lee
In this episode, Becky sits down with filmmaker Tricia Lee fresh off her time at NBC's Universal's short film festival with her film Meeting Mommy. Written by and starring Kim's Convenience star Simu Lim, and Tina Jung of Kim’s Convenience, Jigsaw and Carter, and featuring new-comer Rebecca Chan, Meeting Mommy is a touching story of family transcendence.
We recommend watching the short before listening to the episode, which is available on Youtube. Then settle in for a rousing discussion about the value of creating short films, what can be learned from genre films that apply to dramas, using personal stories in your work, and how to ask for and take feedback.
On this week's show
Tricia Lee is an accomplished and versatile director with Canadian and British citizenship who earned her US Green Card as an "artist of extraordinary ability." She brings collaborative, imaginative and leadership experience to the table, having directed 3 award-winning feature films, 2 webseries and 11 shorts. BLOOD HUNTERS (Audience Choice "Best Feature" - Fright Night Theatre) sold to Hulu and had a North American day and date release in 2017. The film was presented in Cannes by Frontieres in the Goes To Cannes Marche Screening and had its world premiere at Horror Channel's Frightfest in London. To make this film, Tricia successfully converted 19 tech investors from the highly-sought-after Angel Investment Networks into movie investors ... an unprecedented and laudable feat!
Her work has been consistently applauded for finding the beating emotional heart and compelling themes in the center of the conflict and remarkably connecting with audiences. Of note, SILENT RETREAT, which won Best Canadian Feature -Toronto After Dark, was theatrically released across Canada with a 2-week run in Toronto. The film was picked up for distribution by Gravitas Ventures and VVS and sold to NBC Universal's Chiller Network and Superchannel. Recent dramatic short films include AFFECTION (starring Steve Lund from BITTEN, REIGN and Steph Song from BLOOD AND WATER, SMALLVILLE) and MEETING MOMMY (starring Simu Liu from TAKEN, KIM'S CONVENIENCE).
Tricia is a go-getter who is always on her game. She was one of a select few to complete the Corus Diversity TV Director's Program through the National Screen Institute in Canada; was chosen to present the sci-fi TV series pitch she co-created at ITVFest; won The N Youth Drama Pitch at the Banff Television Festival and the Kodak Audience Choice Award for her family TV series pitch with Marblemedia; placed in the top two at the SUNTV Convergence Pitch for her Street Racing PSA that offered mentorship to youth; and was selected to participate in the NBC Universal Development Incubator as well as the Whistler Feature Lab.
Embracing every opportunity to grow in her field, she has benefited from shadowing mentorships from Jeff Woolnough on SyFy's THE EXPANSE, Erik Canuel, producing director on CBS' RANSOM, Peter Deluise on Freeform's SHADOWHUNTERS and most recently, the highly-regarded powerhouse - Nancy Meyers on a highly anticipated commercial.
Other career highlights include stints as a field producer / director for Kids CBC, directing dramatic recreations on Discovery Channel's FRAUD SQUAD and producing the Ontario Arts Council short THE OLD WAYS, which premiered at TIFF.
A not-so-ordinary life took Tricia Lee from teaching piano after 10 years of studying the instrument, to living in England for a year, to 8 years in experiential marketing, to owning 4 AirBNB condos (which she lives in-between when they are empty), to having a surprise wedding within 24 hours of being engaged, to riding a motorcycle, to scuba-diving, to hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu -- and the adventure continues..